Microsoft Expression Web 2 for Windows

Microsoft Expression Web offers a powerful array of visual tools for creating great looking sites while fully supporting Web-based standards. Expression Web makes it easy for designers to quickly design cool sites with tools that feel familiar. Thanks to Expression Web’s underlying standards, the files can then be passed to developers who can code the site in the development tools they prefer. This back and forth without designers having to touch the code unless they want to makes this a powerful program. In Expression Web 2, Microsoft has added support for PHP backed sites and made it easy to work with PHP. Other new features include: Silverlight support and new editing capabilities for Flash SWF and Windows Media files. In addition Expression Web 2 now provides ASP.NET AJAX server controls that enable users to quickly create web pages that include a rich user experience with responsive and familiar user interface (UI) elements. 

Python

Python is a remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in a wide variety of application domains such as Web, database access, desktop GUIs, game and software development, and network programming. Fans of Python use the phrase “batteries included” to describe the standard library, which covers everything from asynchronous processing to zip files. The language itself is a flexible powerhouse that can handle practically any application domain. This task-based tutorial is for students with no programming experience as well as those programmers who have some experience with the programming language and now want to take their skills to the next level. The book walks a reader through all the fundamentals and then moves on to more advanced topics. It’s a complete end-to-end tutorial and reference.

Creating a Web Video in Silverlight

For Web designers and developers who want to add great-looking  video to their Web site fast. The full-color projects in this book teach all the techniques needed to enhance Web sites with Silverlight video. This book takes the approach that Web designers don’t need to know every feature in Silverlight; Creating a Web Video in Silverlight: Visual QuickProject Guide shows designers just what they need to get their project done fast.

iPhoto 09 for Mac OS X

Visual QuickStart Guide —the quick and easy way to learn! With iPhoto ’09 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, readers can start from the beginning to get a tour of the applications, or look up specific tasks to learn just what they need to know. This task-based, visual guide uses step-by-step instructions and hundreds of full-color screenshots to teach beginning and intermediate users how to make the most out of their digital photos with iPhoto ’09. Perfect for anyone who needs to learn the program inside out, this guide covers everything from importing, tagging, editing, and perfecting images to creating slideshows and photo albums to easy online Web publishing. Readers will learn about everything new in iPhoto ’09, including: Faces, which allows you to organize your photos based on who’s in them; Places, which uses data from GPS-enabled cameras or your iPhone’s camera to categorize photos by location with easily recognizable names; themed slideshows; online sharing via Facebook and Flickr with one click; enhanced photo editing tools; and more.

Macintosh iLife 09, The

The definitive iLife reference, completely updated and revis ed! The Macintosh iLife ’09   is a lavishly illustrated handbook packed with easy-to-follow instructions, essential technical background, and tips for iLife users of all levels. Each two-page spread is a self-contained tutorial or set of tips. Everything you need is at your fingertips, and every page is updated for iLife ’09, including coverage of the Faces feature in iPhoto that allows users to organize their photos based on who’s in them, the new Animated Travel Maps in iMovie that enhances vacation movies with eye-catching animations and much more! Organize your photos using iPhoto’s new Faces facial-recognition and Places geotagging technologies Share your photos on Flickr and Facebook Create spectacular slide shows using iPhoto’s new slide show themes Master the spectacular new features iMovie ’09, including the precision editor, motion stabilization, video effects, and motion- graphics themes Improve your photography and video-shooting techniques Assemble a video library with the all-new iMovie—and create animated Travel Maps in your scenes Produce spectacular slide shows, photo books, calendars, and greeting cards Record and arrange your own music with GarageBand Create and publish your own Web sites, blogs, and podcasts Preserve the past: digitize old records, photos, and movies Get updates, tips, and much more at this book’s companion Web site, www.macilife.com.

After Effects CS4 for Windows and Macintosh

Here to get filmmakers, Web designers, broadcasters, and digital artists of all kinds up to speed on After Effects CS4—and in time to meet their next deadline—is everyone’s favorite task-based guide. Through step-by-step instructions, enhanced by tips, sidebars, and plenty of visual aids, veteran video editor Antony Bolante shows readers how to effectively and efficiently import and manage footage, view and edit layers, apply effects, animate type, and more. They’ll learn about key features with real world examples of how and when features should be used, including what’s new in After Effects CS4: the addition of Imagineer System’s Mocha for Adobe After Effects, which allows users to do motion tracking for difficult shots; the ability to export rich media compositions from After Effects to Adobe Flash; searchable timelines and projects, plus easier composition navigation; the ability to import Photoshop 3D layers; independent keyframing of X, Y, and Z axis positions; the new Cartoon effect for creating an animated look to live footage; and many more enhancements.

Real World Adobe Illustrator CS4

Real World Adobe Illustrator CS4 is the definitive reference to Adobe’s industry-standard vector graphics software and is now in 4-color. With an easy, engaging style, author and past Illustrator product manager Mordy Golding takes readers through all of the features of the program, explaining not only how to use the multitude of features but also why and when to use them. This edition has been thoroughly updated for Illustrator CS4 and includes techniques on using the new multiple artboards for quicker Illustrator work across a variety of designs, demonstrations of the new Blob Brush tool and transparency in gradients, overviews of the new cross-product feature support with InDesign, Flash, and Flex (opening up new opportunities for collaborations between developers and designers), and coverage on a whirlwind of other new useful features. Along with tips, sidebars, and expert commentary, there are also numerous 4-color illustrations and screen shots from contributing artists included to offer readers the most complete coverage on this extraordinary application. Designers from all fields–illustrators, animators, package designers, graphic designers, web designers, and more–will find Real World Adobe Illustrator CS4 their one-stop guide to creating powerful designs in Illustrator.

Digital Foundations

Fuses design fundamentals and software training into one cohesive book! The only book to teach Bauhaus design principles alongside basic digital tools of Adobe’s Creative Suite, including the recently released Adobe CS4 Addresses the growing trend of compressing design fundamentals and design software into the same course in universities and design trade schools. Lessons are timed to be used in 50-minute class sessions. Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. All students of digital design and production—whether learning in a classroom or on their own—need to understand the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software. Far too often design is left out of books that teach software. Consequently, the design software training exercise is often a lost opportunity for visual learning. Digital Foundations reinvigorates software training by integrating Bauhaus design exercises into tutorials fusing design fundamentals and core Adobe Creative Suite methodologies. The result is a cohesive learning experience. Design topics and principles include: Composition; Symmetry and Asymmetry; Gestalt; Appropriation; The Bauhaus Basic Course Approach; Color Theory; The Grid; Scale, Hierarchy and Collage; Tonal Range; Elements of Motion. Digital Foundations is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit’s New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA, the professional association for design.

Information Architecture

Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, Second Edition introduces the core concepts of information architecture: organizing web site content so that it can be found, designing website interaction so that it’s pleasant to use, and creating an interface that is easy to understand. This book helps designers, project managers, programmers, and other information architecture practitioners avoid costly mistakes by teaching the skills of information architecture swiftly and clearly.

Styling Web Pages with CSS

Sometimes it’s hard to get started with a new technology. That’s where this book excels. It’s not going to show Web designers everything there is to know about CSS but rather will provide a solid introduction from which to build their CSS knowledge. The beginning of the book starts with the basics — rules, selectors, classes, IDs, the cascade, internal and external style sheets, Divs, boxes, floats, padding, margins — everything is covered. Next comes styling elements, working with images, menus and navigation, and moving styles from internal to external style sheets. Rounding out this project-based guide is working with browsers, both old and new, and debugging CSS. Succinct and to the point, it’s the perfect book for designers without a lot of time who need to understand and start using CSS.